Title: The Body at the Tower
Series: The Agency #2
Author: Y.S. Lee
Publish date: August 10th 2010 by Candlewick Press
This is another colourful, action-packed Victorian detective novel about the exploits of agent Mary Quinn. At a young age, Mary Quinn is rescued from the gallows and taken to Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls. The school turns out to be a front for a private detective agency. At age 17, Mary takes on her first case (A Spy in the House). In this, the second book of the series, Mary Quinn sets out to uncover the truth behind a suspicious death at St. Stephen’s Tower, better known as the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament. The accident occurred after hours in a highly public part of town and despite the presence of night watchmen. Mary, disguised as Mark Quinn, becomes a builder’s assistant to find out the truth about the body at the tower.
I said in my last review of this series how much I LOVED this series and that didn’t change when I read The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee. True, the spy an mystery aspect felt a little weaker in this one, but Y.S. Lee added yet another plot point that I love: a girl disguised as a boy.
The setting remained atmospheric and historically accurate and James and Mary are EVEN CUTER than they were in the other book. The heat! The KISSES!
Dudes, read these books.
Goodreads rating: 5/5 stars
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“While not quite reaching the level of enjoyment that I had with the first book, The Body at the Tower was still a great continuation of the series.” -Poetry to Prose
“I honestly love this series and I can’t recommend it enough.” -Katie’s Book Blog